About the Guide

A Joint Product of the Software Preservation Network and the Cyberlaw Clinic @ the Berkman Klein Center

The 1201 exemption for “computer programs” went into effect on October 28, 2018 and will last until October 28th, 2021. This guide was published on December 10, 2018.

The Library of Congress recently adopted several exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) provision prohibiting circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works. The exemptions went into effect on October 28, 2018 and last until October 28th, 2021. This guide is intended to help preservationists determine whether their activities fall under the new exemption.

Request for Community Feedback

Let us know if you use the exemption as part of your practice, and what you are preserving. Your feedback will be used to create an FAQ, and as evidence for renewal of the exemption in 3 years time.

DMCA Preservationist’s Guide Feedback Form

Email: kalbert@law.harvard.edu

Additional Information

Preferred citation:

Albert, Kendra. Lee, Kee Young. (2018, December 10). A Preservationists Guide to the DMCA Exemption for Software Preservation. Software Preservation Network. https://www.softwarepreservationnetwork.org/a-preservationists-guide-to-the-dmca-exemption-for-software-preservation/